The seven-member Davenport School Board will be asked to either reconsider or uphold its controversial decision to approve new school start times for the 2014-15 school year.
Specifically, the board is slated to vote Monday night on a motion to "rescind" the bell time schedule it approved April 28.
Superintendent Art Tate said Friday that the motion was added to the meeting by the district's agenda committee.
Tate, board president Ralph Johanson and vice president Ken Krumwiede comprise that committee, Johanson said Friday night.
“The agenda committee believed that it was an appropriate consideration of the whole issue based on board members’ thoughts about some of the effects of the original motion that adjusted bell times,” Johanson said.
He said the decision to place the motion on the agenda was “somewhat organic” in that it included input from all board members.
He declined to say who, if anyone, specifically asked for the motion to be added to the agenda.
After months of discussion, the board voted 4-2 April 28 in favor of the new start and end times, which would take effect with the 2014-15 school year.
Johanson and board member Jamie Snyder voted no to the plan, while Krumwiede and Nikki DeFauw, Maria Dickmann and Rich Clewell voted yes.
Board member Bill Sherwood was absent from that meeting.
A district committee tasked with looking at school start times had discovered that some schools received fewer instructional hours than others.
The committee recommended the board push back the start times for all high schools, citing research that suggests sleep deprivation in teens impairs their ability to be alert, pay attention, solve problems and retain information.
The new schedule approved by the board pushes back the start time from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. for all high schools as well as Buchanan, Garfield, Jefferson and McKinley Elementary schools.
Those students would be dismissed at 3:20 p.m.
The intermediate schools and Buffalo, Fillmore and Jackson Elementary schools would start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.
All other start times would be pushed back to 9:05 a.m., with school dismissing at 3:55 p.m.
Tate said he will await further direction from the board if it decides to rescind its earlier decision.
“We know we have to change schedules,” he said. “It’s not a matter of saying we’ll go back to what we’re doing now because we know that we have a 1,080-hour requirement, as well as the fact that we have schools that are not getting the requisite amount of (instructional) time.”
Changing start and end times has been a contentious issue among parents, students and teachers over the past several months.
At two public hearings in April, many parents and students expressed concern about pushing back start times at the high schools.
After the April 28 vote, parents of elementary school students criticized the later start time for students and said they were not notified about the changes by the district ahead of the board vote.
Trisha Stepanek, whose children attend Adams Elementary School, started an online petition and asked the board to reconsider its decision.
As of Friday night, the petition had garnered 930 supporters.
Stepanek said in an email that she hopes the motion to rescind passes Monday night.
“While this is not a victory by any means, I do find this to be a starting point,” she wrote. “I appreciate the administration being open to possibly taking another look at the start times.”